The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks
In 2008 we created a spectacular Half Marathon in central London – the first and only one of its kind. The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads – Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall – and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.
We, like all of our runners, want to see the best of London’s city and parks, and so we build a fantastic event that goes beyond just running 13.1 miles, and design the day so that spectators can have as much fun as the runners themselves.
We also organise another race on Sunday 12 October for even more intrepid runners: the 50km Royal Parks Foundation Ultra.
“An amazing experience and personal challenge; a great day for runners and friends and family who came out to watch. A brilliant atmosphere.” Kirstin Glover, Half Marathon runner, 2013
Our award-winning event was set up as an annual fundraising initiative, raising sustainable funds to support London’s eight Royal Parks, and enabling charities of all sizes to be involved in a major challenge event.
Over the last six years, the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon has raised more than £18m for causes around the UK, with more than 559 partner charities, including the Royal Parks Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Mind, and Tommy’s.
We need people to understand that these beautiful Royal Parks need their support. The money raised by the Royal Parks Foundation through this event helps to maintain the Royal Parks and enhance the heritage, education, wellbeing and nature of these amazing green urban spaces.
Finally, we aim to make race day as green and sustainable as possible. In 2013 we doubled the recycling from the event site and 66% of waste now avoids landfill. We’re working hard to do more with every event we put on. It is important to us that we not only protect the Parks but do our bit to reduce our impact on the wider world.